I am in process of building a frame and I am planning on having my front 2 bays being level with the side rails so that I have a large flat surface for lounging as well as a casting deck for fly fishing. Front bay will be a drop bag covered by a table, 2nd bay will have a shallow sportsmans tote of some sort that will have basic kitchen items in it. That will be covered by plywood as well and hinged to get into it.
I was planning on rowing from a canyon prospector 103 cooler.
I have looked at the seadek as well as the nsi foam and hydroturf coverings. Not only are they all very expensive, they also dont seem like they would be that comfortable to be sitting on for long periods of time. I'm guessing that it will cost me $300+ to cover it in any of these types of foam.
I have seen a few rafts where people used the old poly pads that you use for sleeping pads and that got me thinking about using a thick yoga mat. They are comfortable, non-slip, and cheap. I have a dog that will be on the boat so that is the only downside that I can think of. I'm not sure if his nails will puncture the mats or not.
Also does anyone know of a water resistant plastic tote that will fit under the 2nd level deck and I can support it with some straps? I believe that I have about 13" from the bottom of the floor to the top of the rail. I'd like to find something 12 inches tall.
This is the pad that I was thinking about trying out.